Pictures of World War I

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Sniping Enemy Planes With a Lewis Gun

One of the most effective and widely used anti-aircraft weapons during the First World War was the Lewis Automatic Machine Gun.  It was also used on airplanes firing at ground targets.   Developed in the US but favored by the British, Belgian, and Russian armies, the Lewis Gun was light weight and could fire 500 rounds per minute.  In this picture, an Australian soldier is aiming the gun while another hold what looks like a 47 round magazine as opposed to the 97 round.

 

 

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